From this weekend we are being asked to wear facemasks in church during mass. I’m sorry it has come to this. It feels so alien to be amongst friends and brothers and sisters in Christ and to be semi-covered up. We are assured that this is to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus for which there is an increased transmission rate in groups that meet inside confined spaces. I’m sure that, like me, you will be keen to abide by this directive – onerous as it may seem – as the alternatives are even less welcome. We do not want to be closed to public masses again like we were during lockdown.
If it is difficult for you to wear a facemask for any reason would you just let me know so that can show you to an appropriate seat from now on?
You will notice that I don’t wear a facemask during the liturgy apart from during Holy Communion. I trust that this is OK for you. Speaking isn’t too easy with one on.